A Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Waxing: Brazilian waxes remove all pubic hair. If pain is a concern, find a salon that uses hard waxes. In general, hard waxes hurt less than soft ones.
A Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Waxing
What’s Brazilian wax?
Brazilian waxes remove pubic hair from the front of the pubic bone, external genitals, upper thighs, and anus. You can remove all hair or leave a small strip in the front, depending on your preference.
How is this different from a bikini line or full wax?
- Hair on the sides of the bikini (or knickers) line and between the belly button and pubic bone is usually removed by basic bikini line waxes.
- Bikini full waxes remove pubic bone hair and everything in a bikini line wax. You can leave a strip, triangle, or square of hair.
- The Brazilian removes pubic hair from the front of the pubic bone to the perineum to the anus.
How to prepare for an appointment
Prepare for the appointment by checking in with yourself. You should:
- Keep your hair at least ¼-inch long, about the size of a rice grain. If longer than ½ inch, trim it to improve wax grip.
- To avoid ingrown hairs, gently exfoliate with a buffing mitt or wash cloth two days before your appointment.
- Avoid tanning 24 hours before your appointment to avoid skin sensitivity.
- Alcohol and caffeine should be limited on appointment day. Each can tighten pores and make waxing more painful.
- For maximum comfort, wear cotton pants or loose bottoms to your appointment.
- Take an OTC painkiller 30 minutes before your appointment to reduce pain.
What happens at the appointment?
Your first appointment may take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much hair you want removed.
You can expect:
- Your wax technician will ask you to undress from the waist down and hop on the table.
- The technician will likely ask for your preferences before proceeding. Ask for a bikini line wax, full
- Brazilian or any remaining hair strips.
- To give the wax a clean surface, the tech will clean.
- After cleaning, they apply an oil or powder pre-wax treatment to protect the skin.
- Then waxing! Your technician will use paper or cloth to remove your hair, depending on the wax.
- Smaller strips may be used under and around the anus, while larger strips grace the pubic bone.
- If a hair is missed, the technician will tweeze it.
- Finally, they’ll apply a serum or cream to reduce irritation and prevent ingrown hairs.
- It’s no easy feat. It depends on your pain threshold.
- Note that the first appointment is usually the most painful. Second appointment may feel very different.
Things to do after a Brazilian wax
After your appointment, give the area extra care:
- For tenderness, redness, or discoloration, apply hydrocortisone cream or a cool compress.
- Skip sexual activity for 24 hours. This allows microtears to heal before genital-to-genital contact.
- Avoid strenuous activity like medium- or high-impact workouts and soak in water for 24 hours. A shower is fine, but a bath may irritate.
- No tanning for 24 hours afterward. Deep exfoliation can increase pubic sun damage.
Brazilian wax benefits
- Without a smoother bikini, waxing is deep exfoliation.
- The American Academy of Dermatology Association says physical exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the top layer of skin to boost collagen production and topical treatment efficacy.
- Skin irritation is minimal with this hair removal method.
- Waxing is less likely to cause rash, bumps, or irritation than epilation or shaving if done properly.
- Not only that. Waxing removes root hair.
- Regrowing hair in the same place is weaker, softer, and thinner.
- Over time, you’ll have less hair to groom and it’ll be easier to manage.
Brazilian wax risks
- Waxing has side effects like any other hair removal method.
- You can use pubic lotions or serums to speed healing. Ingrown hairs can be prevented by these.
- If you’re new to pubic hair removal, you may itch.
- Instead, soothe with hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera gel.
- Any pubic hair removal may increase the risk of STIs. Further research is needed to confirm this.
- Waxing can cause small skin breaks, but redness, discoloration, and itching are more common. This may make you more susceptible to skin-to-skin STIs.
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